The #McQueen show…no pictures allowed…shhhhh….

goodie bag


GMS FU Plaid day

Notes: Suit - A&S, Shirt - Ascot Chang for GW, Tie - Drakes for P Johnson, PS - Kiton, Knit - Loro Piana, Shoes - Crocket & Jones “Belgrave”, Bag - Ettinger for The Armoury

* click pics for more GMS FU Plaid


On the Streets…

Sylvan Terrace, Harlem

Shawn Blanchard

Lead Candidate for the GQ Gentleman Better Man Fund

Shot & Styled by J.Woods


An easy summer sportcoat. 


On the Streets…

Lower East Side

James, Nickelcobalt & Michael Andrew of Liaisonsforlovers


cucinelli on top


Nine Solid Ties & How to Wear Them

For the elegantly dressed man, a solid necktie can be an elegant way to ground a complex shirt, jacket, or both. Solid neckties are a playground for a too-often ignored element of men’s style: texture. There are many types of solid ties, so I thought I’d give you a rundown on ten of the most popular.

Follow along in the photos above: left to right, top to bottom. Click to enlarge.

  1. Twill. This is perhaps the most popular form of solid tie. It gets its texture from a weave common in many ties. It’s characterized by a pronounced series of diagonal ribs - like the texture of denim. Look for a twill with a distinct and pronounced texture for maximum impact.
  2. Grenadine. The grenadine tie is a complex weave which creates a beautiful variegated texture. There are two types - garza grossa and garza fina. If your Italian’s up to snuff, you know that simply means large weave and fine weave. The grenadine is one of the most versatile neckties you can own - the solid color makes it easy to wear, the texture gives it visual interest.
  3. Basketweave. The basketweave sold tie is usually easily found as well. It uses a weave similar to an oxford shirt. Sometimes, as in an oxford shirt, it features two colors, as in the example above, which features navy and midnight blue. Style aficionados generally prefer the grenadine, which simply has a more dynamic, interesting texture.
  4. Satin. Satin ties have a hard, shiny finish which make them perfect for evening wear. It contrasts well with softer wools, like flannels. That shininess can make them appear cheap in the harsh light of day, though. They’re also tainted by what you might call the Regis Factor - their association with the late 90s trend of matching solid satin tie to colored shirt. Still, a black or navy satin tie can add a luxurious touch to nighttime dress.
  5. Tussah, Shantung, Raw & Textured Silks. This group of ties features a nubbly, uneven surface. This isn’t achieved through a particular weave, but rather through texture in the fibers being woven. There are a variety of regional variations on this same idea which all go by different names. Because of their rough surface, they lend a more casual air, and their texture contrasts pleasantly with both hard and soft-finished jackets. Like the grenadine, they’ve long been a go-to for the very stylish, but even more than the grenadine, they can be tough to find.
  6. Knits. Often grenadine ties in particularly are confused with knits, but they’re two different beasts. I’m not a textile engineer, but knitting and weaving are very different processes. Suffice it to say that knitting involves looping a single thread, and weaving involves crossing a piece of thread over and other many others. Knit ties are typically unlined, and have a soft, springy hand and usually a square bottom. (That’s because it’s tough to knit a triangle.) Knits are very casual, and are a great pairing with sportcoats. Their popularity has tracked with traditional American “Ivy” style - with heydays in the 1960s, 1980s and today.
  7. Jacquard. Beginning in the 19th century, automated looms could generate complex patterns in their weaving. Today, computerized looms can do just about everything, and they sometimes do. Jacquard ties feature patterns or graphics woven into the tie, usually with contrasting satin and matte threads. As with solid satin ties, they’re best left for the evening. They can be quite lovely, but be careful - you run the risk of looking like a sofa.
  8. Linen. Like raw silk, linen ties feature the fabric’s natural nubby texture. They’re a wonderful compliment to complex summer jacketings. They’re seasonal, though, so keep them in the warm-weather months. Like knits, they’re also relatively casual.
  9. Wool. We’re big boosters of wool ties in the winter months, when their texture reflects the coziness you desire in the cold. Like linen, they’re very seasonal. Also like linen, they’re relatively informal, though not quite to the same extent.

We often preach the gospel of simplicity here at Put This On, and solid ties are a wonderful means to that end. By trading pattern for texture, you can achieve stunning results - the understated elegance all men should be shooting for in their dress.


ricci of sciamat consistently kills


Red Pant Debut

Though I purchased these pants a while ago, this was the first time that I’ve actually busted them out, because the humidity finally broke for long enough to consider wearing something besides shorts. Red is a tricky colour because there is automatically major contrast between it and the rest of the outfit. And while red and white and black are a sharp look on occasion, it’s a bit much for the day-to-day. Thus, we have to start looking for ways to incorporate browns and blues. Not to tone down the red, but rather to incorporate it more fully into the outfit. Or something.

Gosh, that came off as pretentious and all-knowing. Let’s be honest—I just like the pants.

  • Shirt: H&M, via Salvation Army
  • Belt: H&M
  • Pants: Zara
  • Shoes: Fred Perry, via Little Burgundy
  • Bag: Vintage, via Brooklyn Flea (NYC)
  • Shades: YSK, via Optic Zone

Today’s Photographer: Taylor, who has returned to her place of glory as a blog photographer extraordinaire, after we were both away for a few weeks. She’s suggested a “rainbow” pant week in the near future. Stay tuned for that.

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